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I grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey. I graduated from COA in 1992 and won a Thomas J. Watson Fellow that year, which brought me to New Zealand, Chile, and the Amazon Basin. After guiding rafts for a bit, I went on to get my master’s degree and PhD from Tulane University. My PhD was in cultural anthropology and, for that degree and during that time, I lived and worked in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. When I graduated in 2001, I began a career with the World Wildlife Fund. That lasted ten years and was fantastic. I was fortunate to be offered the job as COA president in 2011. I live in Bar Harbor with my wife Karen, my two daughters Maggie and Molly, and my black lab Lucy.
My most frequently asked question is...
What’s changed at COA from the time you were a student in the late 1980s until now?
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